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MSR PocketRocket 2 Stove Review

The MSR Pocket Rocket 2 is probably one of the most used stoves for long distance backpacking. It has a reputation for being durable and getting the job done.

Paul Bodnar      Educational      9/17/2020
Paul Bodnar
Educational
9/17/2020


Overall Score: 83/100

Durable

The MSR PocketRocket 2 is one of the most used stoves for long distance backpacking. It has a reputation for being durable and getting the job done. The MSR PocketRocket 2 sounds a bit like a rocket and tests showed it had the highest fuel flow rate of all the stoves tested.  The PocketRocket 2 is lightweight (73 grams / 2.6 ounces) with the three-prong pot stand, boils 2-cups of water in 112 seconds, simmers well and packs up small. 

Small Compact Stove

The MSR PocketRocket 2 packs up small. Just find a different case for the stove. The heavy plastic case coming with the MSR PocketRocket 2 weighs a whopping 30 grams!

The MSR PocketRocket 2 with it's case and instructions.
The MSR PocketRocket 2 in its case being weighed on a scale.

Stove has a detachable pot support

The advantage of the MSR PocketRocket 2 is the simplicity of design.

The MSR PocketRocket 2 attached to a fuel canister next to a ruler.
The MSR PocketRocket 2 folded up next to a ruler.

Conclusion

The MSR PocketRocket 2 performed okay if not used in windy conditions. If you use the MSR PocketRocket 2 in windy conditions you can expect to burn through fuel. I’m sure the MSR PocketRocket 2 will remain a common favorite amongst long distance hikers.

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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the PCT again in 2010 to do research for his guide book, Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the PCT.